A fire which ripped through a telegraph office in Adelaide on Friday morning has forced the closure of the entire city’s telegraph system for more than a week.
Key points:The telegraph is a vital communication tool for Australian citiesThe fire destroyed part of a building at the Teagasc River telegraph stationIn a statement on Saturday afternoon, the Department of Emergency Management said the building was destroyed in the fire.
Firefighters had to quickly put out the flames in the area around the telegraph building.
“It’s a very sad day for the people of Adelaide and the surrounding communities,” SA Police Minister Andrew Constance said.
“We’re working closely with the local community to try and contain this fire, and to ensure that the public safety is not compromised in any way.”
He said that the department had no plans to reopen the telegram system at this time.
The telegram building is a landmark in Adelaide, which is home to the nation’s biggest network of telegraph operators.
It’s the biggest in the world.
It takes about eight minutes for a telegram to travel from one end of the city to the other.
A fire broke out at the teagasc river telegraph in Adelaide’s north-west on Friday afternoon.
Topics:fire,community-and-society,fire,apartment-fires,adelaide-5000,adelaaide-5015,sa,australiaFirst posted March 06, 2019 19:22:17